South Netherlandish / Nine Heroes Tapestries / ca. 1400?1410South Netherlandish
Nine Heroes Tapestries
ca. 1400?1410

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Creator Nationality: European; Netherlandish; Belgian
Creator Dates/Places: South Netherlandish
Creator Name-CRT: South Netherlandish
Title: Nine Heroes Tapestries
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1400
Creation End Date: 1410
Creation Date: ca. 1400?1410
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Wool warp and wefts
Dimensions: 165 1/2 x 91 in. (420.4 x 231.1 cm)
Description: The great deeds of princes and military leaders were favorite themes in the courts of the Middle Ages. This set of tapestries, probably made for Jean, duc de Berry, originally featured nine heroes, three from classical antiquity, three from the Old Testament, and three from the Middle Ages. Hector, Alexander, and Julius Caesar comprise the pagan triad; David, Joshua, and Judas Maccabeus the Hebrew; and the Christian heroes are King Arthur, Charlemagne, and Godefrey of Bouillon. Irrespective of the different times in which they lived, all are shown in medieval dress with similar weapons and hairstyles. Surrounding each figure is an architectural frame peopled with ladies, musicians, and soldiers. The similar representation of the nine conveys a continuity of heroic effort from the classical, biblical, and medieval past into the fourteenth-century present.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 47.101.3
Credit Line: Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1947
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.47.101.3
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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